Humboldt Bay Trail
When complete, the 13-mile long Humboldt Bay Trail will run from south Eureka through Arcata, serving as an anchor for a network of adjacent trails that connect surrounding communities. This non-motorized trail will increase road safety, provide a low-cost travel alternative, expand recreational opportunities, improve community livability, and promote active, healthy transportation. The trail is being constructed in phases by the cities of Eureka and Arcata and Humboldt County. Construction funding is secured for all but the final four miles of the trail, a section called “Bay Trail South” that extends from Target to Bracut Industrial Park.
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Partnerships For Trails
Three local agencies are currently leading the development of segments of the Humboldt Bay Trail:
Humboldt County is leading the development of the Humboldt Bay Trail South segment which will provide the interconnecting link between Eureka’s and Arcata’s trail projects. The project area extends from the Bracut Industrial Center to X Street in Eureka near the Target store, for a total length of 3.8 miles.
The County was allocated funds through the State Transportation Improvement Program to complete preliminary engineering, environmental studies, and permitting and to develop engineering plans and specifications for the Bay Trail South segment. Preliminary cost estimates for right-of-way and construction range from $9 to $12 million. Costs for environmental mitigation are estimated at $1.5 to $2.0 million. Future funding will need to be secured for these components. The goal is to have engineering plans, funding and permits in place to initiate construction by 2021.
The Arcata City Trail extends from Sunset Avenue (near the Larson Park and the Arcata Skate Park) south around Arcata High School and along L Street to Samoa Boulevard, for a total length of 1.5 miles. Humboldt Bay Trail North has been completed. The project involved construction of approximately 3.0 miles of a Class I, ADA accessible, non-motorized multi-use trail, that runs from the terminus of the Arcata Rails with Trail at State Route 255, through the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. The trail continues south along the North Coast Railroad Authority’s railroad to the south of Bayside Cutoff along Humboldt Bay.
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Humboldt Bay Trail Upcoming Events
The Humboldt Bay Trail FundThe Humboldt Bay Trail Fund was established at the Humboldt Area Foundation to provide a mechanism for private donors to assist in the continued development of the Humboldt Bay Trail by focusing on the critical need for trail maintenance funds. The fund will give priority to on-going emergency trail maintenance with emphasis on supporting volunteer efforts. Make an on-line donation!
Project Documents Humboldt Bay Trail South Initial Engineering Study (August 2014)
Humboldt Bay Trail Network Project Update Brochure (June of 2014)
Humboldt Bay Trail South Project Study Report (March 18, 2014)